White River Bay

This is a quaint bay with drifting sailboats on the horizon and a calm crowd. The sunshine illuminates the sand and the sea, which both sparkle. The ocean floor is clear around the coastline, for great swimming and drifting. Access is fairly restricted to patrons of the resort.

Located a mile and a half east of downtown Ocho Rios, White River Bay is on the North East coast of Jamaica. You might want even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Eventually, visitors notice that beaches throughout Jamaica tend to be somewhat quiet, but White River Bay is the exception.

Amenities and Ambiance

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Luckily, umbrellas and chairs will be available for use to guests hoping for relief from the sultry island sun. The water here is of good snorkeling quality, so purchase or rent some gear if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface.

Keep in mind that White River Bay's location is visited by quite a number of tourists, which means the availability of certain facilities is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on Jamaica's North East coast. Sandals Golf and Country Club is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction, and it is one of a few attractions in the vicinity.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near White River Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Sandals Golf and Country Club Golf Course 2.3 mi. S Jamaica
Dolphin Discovery Zoo 4.1 mi. W Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Ocho Rios is the closest town and is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From the shore, Ocho Rios isn't far off, about a mile (a kilometer and a half).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Guests looking to find a place to stay near the beach shouldn't find it very difficult, as there are plenty of hotels to choose from in the area. You will find the closest lodging options by perusing what's shown in the table below.

Accommodations near White River Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Couples Sans Souci 0.0 mi. S Resort
Kaz Kreol Beach Lodge 0.3 mi. SW Lodge
The Blue House 0.3 mi. ESE B & B
Shaw Park Beach Hotel All Inclusive 0.4 mi. WSW Hotel
Jamaica Inn 0.6 mi. WSW Hotel
Sandals Royal Plantation 0.9 mi. WSW Resort
Royal Plantation 0.9 mi. WSW Resort
Sandals Ochi 1.1 mi. WSW Resort
Te Moana Cottages 1.4 mi. W Cottages
Hermosa Cove 1.6 mi. W Villa complex


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you walk to a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, without having to go far. One of the nearest places to eat is Jamaica Inn Restaurant. This restaurant has International cuisine. They are also famous for their seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby dining options are included in the following table.

Restaurants near White River Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Jamaica Inn Restaurant (876) 974-2514 International Informal 0.7 mi. WSW
Le Papillion Restaurant (888) 726-3537 Continental, French Fine Dining 0.9 mi. WSW
Toscanini Italian Restaurant & Bar (876) 975-4785 Italian Informal 1.6 mi. E
Reggae Pot Rastarant (876) 296-3591 Caribbean, Jamaican, Vegan Very Casual 2.0 mi. W
Almond Tree Restaurant (876) 974-2813 Eclectic Informal 2.0 mi. W
Pizza King (765) 289-3321 Italian -- 2.1 mi. W
Miss T's Kitchen (876) 795-0099 Caribbean, Vegetarian Informal 2.2 mi. W
Mom's (876) 974-2811 Jamaican Very Casual 2.2 mi. W
Island Grill Ocho Rios (876) 974-3160 Jamaican Very Casual 2.3 mi. W
Taste Of India (876) 622-7740 Indian Informal 2.3 mi. W
Mongoose Jamaica (876) 622-6942 International, Jamaican Informal 2.3 mi. W
Passage to India (876) 795-3182 Indian Informal 2.4 mi. W

Other Beaches

Jamaica has many nice beaches, so if White River Bay doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

If the vibrant atmosphere of White River Bay is what you're looking for, you'll want to consider also visiting Steer Town Beach, a beach with a similar ambiance. You'll find it five and a half miles to the west. If you'd rather try a more private, less popular location, Shaw Park Beach may be a good choice. You'll find it just a short distance away.

Another option worth considering is Tower Isle West Beach, located one and a quarter miles away.

Jamaica has a lot to offer its visitors, but White River Bay is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.


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